The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 2, 1998 · Page 5
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION TUESDAY. JUNE 2, 1998 AB BRIEFLY TCONGRESS Specter undergoes tfeart bypass operation ^PHILADELPHIA — Sen. Arlen Specter underwent a heart bypass operation Monday afternoon after doctors found arterial blockage, his office said. ;;The senator came through trie three-hour, double-bypass procedure well ^ and is expected |] to fully recover, .It saicl John Ullyot, I Specter's cpprTPP I 1 spokesman. The &Ktu ' b " |*f cdrpnary artery bypass was per- v "I fpJ-Kied by a team of two doctors. \"\ <> '^Sirecter, R-Pa., is expected to re' ijifljri hospitalized for five to sev- ejajdays. The senator lived in Russ&[, Kan., as a boy, graduating from Russell High School in 1947. Specter, 68, a moderate seeking a fourth Senate term, had admitted himself to the hospital Saturday after experiencing chest pains. * Tests performed over the weekend showed his heart was in excellent condition despite the blocked artery. The bypass operation was ordered after a cardiac catheterization Monday morning showed the blockage in two of Specter's arteries. Mom drowns scattering son's ashes on river WISE RIVER, Mont. — A ^voman drowned in a rafting accident while scattering her son's Cashes on his favorite river. '-' Relatives of Craig Allan Nick- 'fels had come from around the V SPACE "country for the family observance Sunday on the Big Hole River. 1 Nickels' mother, Cora Rader, 163, of Winnemucca, Nev., and six tethers were thrown into the 36- •iflegree water when their raft hit a bridge. The others were rescued, •but Rader's life jacket got caught in a submerged tree, Undersheriff Keith Reeder said. , Nickels, 38, of Casper, Wyo., had asked that his ashes be scattered on the river "because that $vas where he had floated and hunted since he was a little boy," Said his sister, Tina Rader. Her •toother, who grew up in Butte, •died Dec. 29. Tina Rader would not give the cause of death. Lott: Too many amendments might kill tobacco legislation Amendments would stiffen penalties, strip protection from firms By LAURIE KELLMAN The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Sweeping tobacco legislation is on the brink of failure because some senators want to punish cigarette companies by raising the amount of money they would pay the government, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott said Monday. "The bill is teetering — teetering in the balance here — as to whether or not it's just going to collapse of its own weight," Lott, R-Miss., told reporters Monday. "I mean, how much is enough? I mean, greed has just gone hog- wild here." President Clinton, meanwhile, is expected this week to turn up the pressure on the Senate to pass the bill, said White House spokesman Mike McCurry. "The president feels that the Republican leadership of Congress would have a very difficult time explaining to the American people why this badly needed legislation that has bipartisan support could not advance on their watch," McCurry said. As Congress returns from its "The bill is teetering— teetering in the balance here — as to whether or not it's just going to collapse of its own weight." Sen. Majority Leader Trent Lott Sewing & Vacuum Center 340 S. Broadway H3BE M-F 9-5:30 Sat. 9-5:00 Bernette 006 Serger The Most Popular Serger • 4/3 Thread • Built-in Rolled Hem • 5 Year Warranty Mfg. sugg. retail $899 Memorial Day recess with Sen. John McCain's tobacco bill behind schedule, Lott told reporters the measure's survival is threatened by two amendments that toughen the legislation's terms for the tobacco companies and blow away the bill's appeal to a powerful centrist coalition of lawmakers. One amendment, sponsored by Sens. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., would strip the bill of legal protection for tobacco companies and was approved by the Senate May 20. The other, sponsored by Sen. Richard Durbin, D-I1L, raise the fines companies would pay if youth smoking does not decline. "If (Durbin's) amendment passes, that, coupled with the Gregg amendment that passed, could be the death knell of the whole bill," Lott said. "If those that want to keep enlarging this bill continue to do that, then I think that the bill will sink of its own weight." McCain's bill would cost tobacco companies at least $516 billion over 25 years, raise the price of cigarettes $1.10 a pack over five years and allow the Food and Drug Administration to regulate nicotine. The calendar also becomes a bigger roadblock for the bill with each passing day as its claim on the Senate's time is challenged by other pressing matters. For example, the Senate will halt action Wednesday while lawmakers attend the Arizona funeral of former Sen. Barry Goldwater. Asked whether he might set the tobacco bill aside, Lott said he didn't know. But he did say an amendment by Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, that would abolish the so-called marriage tax penalty would "improve its chances." rozen yogurt! Premium Soil Serve • FAT FREE •16 calories peroz. • Natural Flavor! 9th & Kirwin • SALINA • 823-8066 Cosmonauts repair Mir steering system With system fixed, shuttle is expected to take off today for Mir By MARCIA DUNN The Associated Press Defendant killed after stabbing two deputies ;i' COMPTON, Calif. — As jurors announced a guilty verdict Mon•day in a kidnapping trial, the 51- ar-old defendant pulled a knife id attacked two deputies before ;hird officer shot him to death the courtroom. "The suspect made comments the jury and became combative. When the deputies tried to Itake him into custody he stabbed Ithem," said Los Angeles County [Deputy Bill Martin. The deputies' wounds were not i life-threatening, Deputy Jim Hell- t mold said. Hellmold defended courthouse | security. "But certainly a knife i did enter here so that leaves the j question how did it enter the | courtroom and we're going to [ find out exactly why," he said. , James Eugene Moore was con! victed of kidnapping for the pur- i ppse of rape and sexual battery. Houston tops in dog bites, post office says i .WASHINGTON — Folks consid- \ firing a job as a mail carrier may \ ivant to skip Houston and possi- 1 >bly Chicago, too. '|l' • The Postal Service reports Jl Houston led the nation in dog 1 bites, to letter carriers last year ft with 65 canine attacks. pi That was 10 more than second £ place Chicago. ' . New York managed third place, \ combining four delivery jurisdictions to total 44 bites. No. 4, Mia! mi, recorded just 36 bites in fiscal 11997, followed by 29 in Los Ange| tes and 25 in Cleveland. | Next came Dallas, 23; Fort ? Lauderdale, Fla. 22 and, tied at 17 % each, Kansas City, Mo.; St. Peters"' burg, Fla.; Phoenix; Charlotte, •(' N.C., and San Antonio, Texas. ,V -I 1 Man returns $4,170 gjyen at drive-through 'DELTONA, Fla. — This isn't what Burger King means when they say you can get it your way. Henry Snowden pulled up to the drive-up window at a Burger King for a burger, some fries and drinks Friday. Not only did he get his;order, he also got $4,170 of the cestaurant's earnings stuffed in- sH'de a brown paper bag. • "We looked at the money as we ate. We knew immediately we should take it back. But I've got to admit I was definitely tempted," Snowden said. < Snowden, 31, the owner of a Internet provider based in Lake He- rfenl Fla., returned the money Sat- $rday morning and learned that the restaurant places the day's deposits in the same bags used for food orders, as a disguise to prevent robberies. From Wire Service Reports CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After a three-day struggle, the cosmonauts aboard Mir fixed their automatic steering system, allowing NASA to press ahead with plans to send space shuttle Discovery on one last docking flight today. The steering system is needed to keep the Russian space station steady when a shuttle links up with it. Before the problem was fixed Monday, NASA was debating whether to delay the shuttle launch because of the danger of a wobbly Mir. Discovery is scheduled to blast off this evening on NASA's ninth and final shuttle hookup with Mir. The shuttle will bring home Andrew Thomas, the last American astronaut to live on the aging Russian outpost. The acting director of Russia's Mir-shuttle program, Boris Sot- nikov, announced the good news Monday at the Kennedy Space Center. "The situation is basically under control, and there is no reason to delay," Sotnikov said. NASA said it would continue to monitor the station's steering system and its computer, which failed over the weekend. But space agency officials stressed they were confident with the repairs. "It's interesting that at the very end of the program, after such a smooth increment for Andy, that we had this problem occur with the motion-control system," said Frank Culbertson, director of NASA's shuttle-Mir program. "It's frustrating to a certain extent, but, hey, maybe it's our signature. It certainly adds some drama to it." 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